Guitar Lessons: Where Should I Start For Learning To Play The Drums?

So I’m 15, 16 on the 3rd July, I don’t play any instruments and I have barely any experience except randomly strumming a mate’s guitar and all that xylophone and keyboard bullshit you do in school. All my life thus far, one of my dreams was to be in a band. Now, I’m not particularly wanting to learn the drums for the sake of joining a band, I just want to play initially, but yeah, when listening to music I always did the air guitar and shit like that and thought it would be a good idea to learn.

However, as I matured ever so slightly and kinda paid a little more attention to how music is played and put together, I fell in love with bass and drums. Mostly in rock and metal. My favourite would be the drums, as you may have guessed from the subject of this question. I’ve been looking around different websites and other questions on this site, about people wondering the same thing as me, but none of my individual questions have been answered, so here we go:

1. With no real experience practicing an instrument at my age, could I start learning and become significantly better within the next few years?

2. If I did happen to join a band, would I get a lot of p*ssy? No, I’m joking. Seriously though.

3. What type of kit should a beginner like me get? Any brands, types of set, or links to examples would be perfect. Preferably anything under £150 for my first, I guess. If a decent set will go for that cheap.

4. I’m looking to play anything from indie rock to punk rock to heavier types of metal, and, within time, insane stuff like power metal. Is there anything in particular I should get for this? You could answer both this and question three together, that would probably make sense.

5. For some reason, I don’t think I’ll be up for going out to lessons at a local music place or something. Would I be able to half self-teach myself if I used online lessons etc.?

That’s it for now, although I may edit it if I have anymore questions. Hell, answer within the next 10 minutes, and I’ll make all your wishes come true.


  1. Michael says:

    I am a drummer. Have been since 1992. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take lessons, learn to read drum charts, and use a metronome to learn exact timing. There is nothing more important than learning time. You will develop feeling later. Get books that have simple instructions on how to read, I suggest Stick Control by George Stone for starters. I bet you can find it online. Read all the instructions about how to read the music and how to apply the beats. Learn the technique from a teacher. I cannot emphasize how important it is to take lessons as a beginner so you don’t form bad habits. Get a pracice pad at first, you don’t want to start bashing on a kit just yet. It will sound bad and frustrate you. If you take lessons, get a bunch of books on different time signatures and patterns; rock, jazz, etc, and practice with a metronome every day, you will be ready to get a kit in about two years. And by then you will have practiced on a kit with your teacher a bit so you will be comfortable.

    Good luck and happy bashing!

  2. Alfonso says:

    Hey I was pretty much in your same situation a few years ago, but I was 14 at the time. Here are my answers:

    1) Sure, I’ve only been playing for 2.5 years + and I’m currently in a band and pretty respected for my abilities. I’m not as good technically as the guys my age who have been playing since they were little, but I’m creative and have a lot of energy and passion in what I do. It seems like when I started drums I instantly became a musical person, it was hidden within me. I started guitar around the same time (although not very seriously) and I’m okay at that, I can also improvise on pretty much any instrument and it sounds alright.

    2) If your band is popular, and you have a decent personality and looks, possibly.

    3) For your first set I’d suggest buying used, you’ll get more out of your money. Just make sure you get everything you require to play: sticks, stool, bass drum, atleast two toms, snare, hi hat, atleast one other cymbal, pedal, and stands for your cymbals. If you aren’t going to go used that amount of money won’t be enough, a starter set will cost you around 200 pounds. Good starter set brands include CB, Sound Percussion, ect, pretty much anything is alright for a beginner. From there you can eventually upgrade your heads, cymbals, ect.

    4) I’d say eventually you’ll be wanting a double bass pedal, I’d suggest getting that about a year or so into playing like I did. Not really the best thing for a beginner to delve into right off the bat. Mostly used in Metal, which is something you said you are going to grow into anyways. You’ll probably need an extra cymbal or two eventually, because starter sets only come with hi hats and a crash/ride. There are some packs that you buy that give you a good standard set of cymbals you’ll need.

    5) Yeah lessons are expensive, but well worth it. If you watch enough online lessons and stuff you’ll probably be fine, just make sure you are playing with proper technique and whatnot. If possible you could even just get a couple lessons to start off right.

  3. Butch S says:

    Before you spend a wad of money on a drum set you might end up not being able to play, buy some sticks, a practice pad, a beginner method book, a metronome, and maybe take some lessons to see if you have any talent for the instrument in the first place.

    Spend some time trying to master at least the first 13 Standard American Rudiments. These will really help you to get your hands sorted out and develop stick control. And you can then take those skills and transfer them to playing drum set.